We’re hiring!

Makom is hiring; come and work with us! Read on to learn about our community and our current openings.

Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism is an inclusive community fusing Jewish tradition and progressive values through spirituality, learning and culture. Makom inspires diverse participants to explore together how Judaism can meaningfully enrich our lives.

Are you creative, energetic, and excited about Jewish education?

Makom Afterschool provides high-quality, pluralistic Jewish and Hebrew-language education in three neighbourhood public schools to students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 5. Children from the diversity of downtown Jewish families find their place in our warm and welcoming community.

In Makom ATID, Jewish pre-teens and teens discover the wisdom Judaism holds for their maturing minds and bodies in today’s world. Students in Grades 6-8 gather twice a week for nuanced, pluralistic Jewish learning; Hebrew conversation and literacy; and hanging out with their peers.

We are hiring for the following positions:

Director of Youth Education and Programming

Permanent position

20-40 hours/week (negotiable based on availability, interest, and skillset)

Required hours: Monday-Thursday 3-6pm beginning Jan 2023, occasional evenings and weekends, other hours flexible

Start Date: Jan 3, 2023 (flexible)

Location: Toronto, ON

Position Responsibilities

The Director of Youth Education and Programming will advance Makom’s mission of connecting diverse downtown Jewish children, teens, and families with high-quality Jewish education, meaningful Jewish experiences, and vibrant Jewish community.  Reporting to Makom’s Rabbi and working closely with him and the Managing Director, the Director of Education and Family Programming will strengthen Hebrew and Jewish learning, grow Makom Afterschool’s and Makom ATID’s student bodies, and expand the reach and deepen the impact of Makom Families and Downtown Jewish Teens programming.

This position may be full time or part time, depending on the successful candidate’s availability, interest, and ability to perform the roles outlined below.

As the Director of Youth Education, the successful candidate will:

  • Oversee all pedagogic aspects of Makom Afterschool and Makom ATID;
  • Formulate strategic plans to implement the visions for Makom Afterschool and Makom ATID in collaboration with lay leaders and the Rabbi;
  • Form positive relationships with students and parents and help them connect with Jewish life and Makom;
  • Recruit and retain students and families in Makom Afterschool and Makom ATID;
  • Hire, support, and supervise teachers, teaching assistants, and specialists (e.g., assist with lesson planning, observe classes, provide guidance, and conduct regular staff meetings);
  • Supervise the curriculum writer;
  • Select curricular materials (e.g., workbooks);
  • Communicate with current and prospective students’ parents;
  • Plan field trips and special activities;
  • Design and oversee implementation of student learning assessments;
  • Evaluate programs;
  • Meet with lay leaders on Makom Afterschool/ATID Leadership Council; and
  • Liaise with host-schools’ principals;

Additionally, as the Director of Youth Programming, the successful candidate will:

  • Form warm relationships with families, pre-teens, and teens and help them connect with Jewish life and Makom;
  • Develop and run monthly programming for Makom Families, pre-teens, and Downtown Jewish Teens;
  • Plan and lead Family Services for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and occasional Shabbatot;
  • Recruit participants; and
  • Maintain and expand existing community partnerships.

Qualifications

  • Passion for Jewish learning, Hebrew language, and helping diverse Jews of all ages connect with Judaism and Jewish community
  • Creativity and enthusiasm to try new approaches
  • Excellent relational skills – ability to form collaborative bonds and communicate well with parents, teachers, TDSB principals and teachers, families, teens, lay leaders, and Makom staff members
  • Strong leadership skills and experience running educational programming
  • Experience hiring, managing, and supervising teaching staff
  • Ability to foster a pluralistic approach to Jewish education for diverse students, teens, and families
  • Success in student recruitment and retention
  • Strong professional skills – ability to work quickly, independently, and with accountability
  • Attention to detail and ability to produce high-quality written and media materials
  • BA in Education, Jewish Studies, or related field/experience; Master’s degree preferred
  • Two or more years of teaching experience
  • Fluency in English; strong knowledge of Hebrew and Judaism
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Compensation

Equivalent to $60,000-$70,000 for full-time employment, commensurate with experience.

Benefits package includes professional development opportunities; extended health insurance; life insurance; disability; and paid vacation days, sick days, and statutory holidays.

To Apply Please send your resume and cover letter to adina@makomTO.org

Hebrew and Jewish Studies Teacher

Openings Available:
Mon & Wed
2:30-6:00pm (Wychwood), 3:00-6:00pm (Seaton Village)

Start Date: January 9
Location: Toronto, ON (Seaton Village, Wychwood)

We seek experienced, creative, and energetic teachers for Makom Afterschool.

Responsibilities:

  • Teach classes twice (or four times) per week to children in JK/SK, grades 1-2, or grades 3-5
  • Prepare lesson plans for 1½ hours per class
  • Supervise recess and snack time
  • Pick up students from their public-school classrooms
  • Create and maintain a positive, welcoming and inclusive class community
  • Teach Hebrew literacy and conversation following a set curriculum with space for individualized planning and approach
  • Teach Hebrew through play-based and experiential modes of education
  • Teach Jewish values, culture and traditions in a pluralistic and inclusive fashion
  • Attend monthly staff meetings (paid) to plan and for pedagogical support

Qualifications:

  • Hebrew and English fluency
  • Expertise in one or several of the following: Early Childhood Education, teaching Hebrew as a second language, experiential or informal Jewish Education, differentiated classrooms, and classroom management
  • Experience with classroom teaching, lesson planning, and pedagogy
  • Background in Jewish studies and tradition
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to children’s social and emotional development
  • Desire to grow and learn professionally
  • Passion for working with children
  • Reliable and responsible

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with experiential education methods
  • Familiarity with child development and ability to apply it to lesson planning and instruction
  • Training or experience in the Early Childhood setting
  • Experience with differentiated classrooms, teaching multiple ages at once

All Makom Afterschool staff are required to take CPR training and pass a police Vulnerable Sector check, both of which will be paid for by Makom.

Salary

$45/hour starting pay

To Apply

Please submit your current resume to adina@makomto.org. For more information, please visit our website: https://makomfamilies.org/makom-afterschool/

Teaching Assistant

Openings Available:
Mon & Weds
2:30-6:00pm (Wychwood) or 3:00-6:00pm (Seaton Village)

Tues & Thurs
3:00-6:00pm (Kensington Market)

Start Date: January 9

Location: Toronto, ON (Kensington Market, Seaton Village or Wychwood)

We are looking for creative, energetic and reliable teaching assistants for Makom Afterschool

Responsibilities:

  • Assist twice (or four times) per week in a class of children in JK/SK, grades 1-2, or grades 3-5
  • Support and maintain a positive, welcoming and inclusive class community and assist the Lead Teacher with classroom management
  • Supervise recess and snack time
  • Pick up students from their public-school classrooms
  • Assist the Lead Teacher with teaching Hebrew literacy and conversation
  • Assist the Lead Teacher with teaching Jewish values, culture and traditions in a pluralistic and inclusive fashion
  • Assist the Lead Teacher with classroom set-up, clean-up and record keeping
  • Assist the Lead Teacher with parent/teacher communications
  • Attend monthly staff meetings (paid) to plan and for pedagogical support

Job Requirements:

  • Hebrew proficiency; fluency preferred
  • Background in Jewish studies and tradition
  • Experience with classroom teaching, camp counselling or youth work
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to children’s social and emotional development
  • Desire to grow and learn professionally
  • Passion for working with children
  • Reliability and responsibility

All Makom Afterschool staff are required to take CPR training and pass a police Vulnerable Sector check, both of which will be paid for by Makom.

Salary

$60/class starting pay

To Apply

Please submit your current resume to adina@makomto.org.

For more information, please visit our website: https://makomfamilies.org/makom-afterschool/

Transport Assistant

Openings Available:
Mon & Weds
2:30-3:30pm (Wychwood) or 3:00-4:00pm (Seaton Village)

Tues & Thurs
3:00-4:00pm (Kensington Market)

Start Date: ASAP

Location: Toronto, ON (Kensington Market, Seaton Village or Wychwood)

We are looking for reliable transport assistants for Makom Afterschool

Responsibilities:

  • Pick up students from their public-school classrooms and bring them via TTC to Makom Afterschool

Job Requirements:

  • Passion for working with children
  • Reliability and responsibility

All Makom Afterschool staff are required to pass a police Vulnerable Sector check, which will be paid for by Makom.

Salary
$20/trip

To Apply
Please write to adina@makomto.org.

For more information, please visit our website: https://makomfamilies.org/makom-afterschool/

Communications Coordinator

Part time: 10 hours per week
Hours: Flexible, spread over 3 days per week
Start date: February 6, 2023
Location: Toronto, but work can largely be done remotely

Responsibilities

The Communications Coordinator will broaden and deepen Makom’s reach by strategically promoting the organization and its events.

  • Strategic social media management
  • Create a weekly newsletter of upcoming events
  • Manage events calendar on WordPress-based website
  • Create events on event-ticketing website
  • Write content for event postings on social media, newsletter, website and event ticketing site
  • Design simple, effective flyers to post online 
  • Occasionally attend events to take photographs for promotional use
  • Report to the Managing Director

Qualifications

  • Goal-oriented, strategic thinker
  • Experience in non-profits
  • Extensive experience with social media, including understanding of organizational communications, monitoring and analytics
  • Strong knowledge of marketing tools including Canva, MailChimp, Bit.ly and HootSuite
  • Familiarity with WordPress-based websites
  • Familiarity with event-ticketing programs like EventBrite and Guestli.st
  • Strong familiarity with Jewish culture, traditions and holidays
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills with excellent attention to detail and follow up
  • Excellent written communication skills; ability to edit and proofread documents
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and customer-service orientation

The employee will use their own computer for this part-time position.

Compensation

  • $20 – $25 per hour, contingent on experience and qualifications
  • Includes vacation pay, paid sick leave, and statutory holiday pay

Application Process

Please send your cover letter and resume to admin@makomTO.org.  

Application deadline: January 22, 2023

Thank you for your application. Due to the high volume of applications received, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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